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Public Involvement

The public comment period for the Draft EIS ended on August 17, 2016.

The NEPA process emphasizes the importance of public involvement. There are two phases during preparation of the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) when the public can provide input:  the Scoping Period and the Draft EIS review.

Draft EIS Review Period

The Draft EIS was released for public review on May 31, 2016. The public comment period was set to end July 18 and was extended by 30 days. Notice of this extension was issued in the Federal Register.

Public comments on the Draft EIS are requested pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. All written comments received during the comment period are part of the public record and will be considered during preparation of the Final EIS.

Public Meetings

Similar to the scoping meetings held in 2014, public meetings were held in June 2016 to allow attendees to talk with subject matter experts and learn about findings in the Draft EIS. Attendees were able to provide verbal and written comments.

The open house events and dates were as follows:

  • June 21, 2016
    5 p.m to 8 p.m.
    Lakeview Middle School
    300 S 28th St.
    Battle Creek, Michigan
  • June 23, 2016
    5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Richland Community Center
    9400 E. Cd Ave.
    Richland, Michigan
  • June 28, 2016
    5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Carthage Senior High School
    36500 New York 26
    Carthage, New York
  • June 30, 2016
    5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Ravenna High School
    6589 N. Chestnut Street
    Ravenna, Ohio

Scoping Period

The MDA held scoping meetings in the local communities of Ravenna, Ohio; Galesburg and Battle Creek, Michigan; Carthage, New York; and Rangeley and Farmington, Maine, to share information about the EIS process, gather feedback and solicit comments.

The meeting dates were as follows:

The public meetings were in an open house format, which provided attendees with the opportunity to talk with and ask questions of representatives from the MDA and local installation.  Additionally, the public had the opportunity to provide verbal and written official comments on the proposed project.